The MIAA has announced its Student-Athletes of the Month for February and March. Each of these students will receive a certificate of recognition, will be recognized on the MIAA's website, and will be featured in an upcoming edition of the “Building the Future” MIAA Student Services Newsletter.
Their bios are listed below, courtesy of the MIAA:
DAN GORDON, PLYMOUTH NORTH
A member of the Plymouth North High School cross country, indoor track, and outdoor track teams, Dan Gordon has enjoyed an outstanding interscholastic running career. He is a three-time Atlantic Coast League champion in cross country and in the one-mile run. He is also the recipient of the Atlantic Coast League Individual Sportsmanship Award. At the state level, Dan has earned several first place finishes. Among these accomplishments are first place in the 5000 meter run at the MSTCA Boston Holiday Challenge this past December, first place in the 2 mile run at the 2011 MIAA Division III indoor championships, and first place in the 2 mile run at the 2010 MJAA Division III outdoor championships.
Academically, Dan Gordon ranks among the top students in the senior class at Plymouth North High School. He carries a 3.48 GPA and is a member of the National Honor Society. As a junior, Dan advanced to the regional round of the State Science Fair. Dan has also served as a class vice president, a position that he was elected to as an underclassman.displays an incredible amount of leadership and dependability as a senior in high school. At the request of the school administration, he was asked to speak at the local middle schools on the topic of “leadership.”n Dan spends time writing for Plymouth North High School’s newspaper, “The Eagle.” He is also the anchorman for the school’s cable news program, “PNN News.” In its year end issue, The Old Colony Memorial, named Dan Gordon “Plymouth Athlete of the Year.”
LAUREN HAUER, NORTH ATTLEBOROUGH
A member of the North Attleborough High School field hockey, gymnastics and tennis teams, Lauren Hauer has enjoyed an excellent interscholastic athletic career. She has earned two varsity letters in the sport of field hockey, as well as the Big Red Award. She has also earned three varsity letters as a member of the tennis team, with a fourth letter expected this spring. Lauren’s hard work resulted in the achievement of the most improved tennis award. The leadership that Lauren displays also led to her selection as a captain of the field hockey and tennis teams.
Academically, Lauren carries a 90.82 GPA. Her academic achievements have earned memberships in the National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society, and National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She spends time as the publicist of the National Honor Society, editor and chief of the yearbook, and gym leader, as well as a member of SADD, SCAR, Friendly Faces, and the Prom Committee. Recently, Lauren received first place in the NAHS Science Fair and second place at the Regional Science Fair.
Outside of school, Lauren spends time volunteering in the community at Sturdy Memorial Hospital and Madonna Manor Nursing Home. She is also a member of the Maonite Youth Group. Lauren stays active in the field hockey community by serving as a Field Hockey Recreation League Assistant Coach and a camp counselor.
ROBERT JONES, COHASSET
A member of the Cohasset Middle-High School football and basketball teams, Robert Jones has enjoyed an outstanding athletic career. As a co-captain on the basketball team, Robert led Cohasset to its first South Shore League championship in 14 years and an appearance in the MIAA Division 4 State Championship game. Robert’s accomplishments on the basketball court resulted in his selection as the South Shore League MVP and a three-time league all-star. This past season, Robert became the fifth basketball player in school history to score 1,000 points. He was also selected as a South Shore League all-star in football earlier this year.
This past winter, Robert’s mother, a beloved, longtime teacher aid at the Deer Hill Elementary School in Cohasset, passed away after a long battle with cancer. Robert dedicated the basketball season to his mother and followed in her footsteps by volunteering through a Community Service Course offered at Cohasset. Athletic Director Ron Ford said, “It has amazed me how Robert has been such a great example to all in the community of how to deal with adversity, giving back and putting the needs of others ahead of his own.”
While dealing with the adversity in his life, Robert still made the honor roll this year and maintains a 3.0 grade point average. He plans to attend Framingham State University in the fall while continuing his basketball career. Robert stays involved in the athletic community by serving as a teacher assistant to the school athletic director, helping to promote school spirit and publicize the accomplishments of student-athletes at Cohasset.
MARY GRACE BROGIOLI, WAREHAM
A member of the Wareham High School field hockey, indoor track, and outdoor track teams, Mary Grace Brogioli has enjoyed an outstanding athletic career. As a four-year letter winner in the sport of field hockey, Mary Grace led her team in goals scored for two seasons. She was named a South Coast Conference All-Star three times and was also selected as a team captain as a senior. Mary Grace is a four-year letter winner on both the indoor and outdoor track teams as well. She has served as a two-year captain during both sport seasons. Mary Grace holds indoor track school records in the long jump, 4 x 200 and 4 x 400. She also holds outdoor track school records in the 400 hurdles and 4 x 100. Mary Grace is a state meet qualifier in several indoor and outdoor track events.
Academically, Mary Grace Brogioli ranks fifth in the senior class at Wareham High School with a 4.0 GPA. She has received the Gold Scholar Award for being ranked among the top 10 students of her class during each of the first three years at school. Mary Grace challenges herself with a course load of many honors and Advanced Placement classes and achieved a combined score of 1900 on the SAT exam. She attended the National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine and received the Smith College Book Award for exemplifying academic achievement, leadership qualities, and concern for others.
Mary Grace Brogioli is looked upon by her peers and teachers as a leader in the school and community. She is a member of the Wareham High School Student Council, serves as class secretary, and is a member of the School Council, an advisory group to the prindpal made up of students, teachers and community members. She is also a student member of the Wareham High School New England Association of Schools and Colleges committee, President of the Principal Foreign Language Club, a CCD teacher for her church, and has held a part-time job for all four years of high school.